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CCTV, Data Analytics and Privacy: The Baby and the Bathwater.

In this white paper Andrew Charlesworth highlights the recently published Home Office Biometrics Strategy (2018) as an example of the Government’s reluctance to grasp the regulatory nettle and provide a detailed strategy. The document has been criticised by regulators and campaigning groups alike and, he says, created a policy void in which campaigning groups are driving the debate in a primarily negative direction.

Charlesworth believes technology is both the problem and the solution.

Citing research which highlights that market forces, social norms and technology architecture can all be used alongside the law as part of an effective regulatory strategy, he says that ‘architecture’ offers a crucial and effective way to regulate CCTV analytics. In other words, technology companies could hard-wire the desired regulatory outcome into CCTV systems themselves.